Aug 022015
 August 2, 2015
More And More Large Marijuana Gardens Use LED Grow Lights To Reduce Carbon Footprint

The marijuana industry is growing faster than anyone could imagine. There is more marijuana being grown right now than ever before in legal recreational and medical marijuana states. In my home state, Oregon, there are industrial gardens all over the state from Eastern Oregon to the Oregon Coast and from Portland to Ashland and everywhere in between. It’s truly mind blowing. One thing that growers and I talk about all of the time is the carbon footprint of the industry. A lot of growers in legal states grow outdoors, but many more don’t because of climate issues in their areas.

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Aug 012015
 August 1, 2015
New York State Department Of Health Announces Five Medical Marijuana Producers

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced the following five companies would be awarded one of the coveted licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York: PharmaCann LLC, Empire State Health Solutions LLC, Columbia Care NY LLC, Etain, LLC, Bloomfield Industries Inc. The announcement came after a competitive bidding process through which forty-three industry groups contended for the five licenses. Each producer is restricted to opening only four dispensaries each, they will only be allowed to produce five strains or brands of medical marijuana, and all products must be in pill, oil or tincture form. The

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
Nevada's First Licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Today

Nevada has had a medical marijuana program in place for quite awhile. There have also been unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada for awhile too. But those dispensaries operated below the radar, and once they were ‘discovered’ they were usually closed down. That all changes today with the opening of Nevada’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Per the Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada’s very first medical marijuana dispensary, Silver State Relief, is set to open in Sparks this Friday. Silver State Relief now possesses around 200 plants, brought in from all around Nevada, which they will use to grow future crops. Now

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
Women Grow Denver Chapter Celebrates One Year Of Connecting, Educating, And Empowering Cannabis Industry Women

The Denver chapter of Women Grow, a national professional network supporting women leaders and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, will celebrate the group’s one year anniversary with a guest speaking program highlighting some of the cannabis industry leaders who made Women Grow possible. The August 6, 2015 networking event, held for the first time at the University of Denver, is sponsored by Kush Kards and will include networking opportunities and a panel discussion with six of Women Grow’s founding members. “Women Grow Denver is honored to welcome our founding members as we celebrate an exciting first year,” says Women Grow

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
Harborside Health Center Outlasts US Attorney Melinda Haag

On Wednesday U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag from Northern California announced her departure, effective September 1. Since 2011 Ms. Haag shuttered more than 600 state-compliant medical cannabis dispensaries by threatening to seize their leased properties from landlords. Haag claimed she launched her actions because the properties were less than 1000 feet from a school, park or playground. Haag’s crusade largely ended in July of 2012 after she targeted Harborside Health Center, which she admitted was not close to a sensitive site. Harborside fought back in state and local court, and won multiple decisions that have allowed it and other state-compliant dispensaries

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
Marijuana Market Data Report From The ArcView Group

By David Borden Our August sponsor, The ArcView Group, has released its 3rd edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets. The first 100 people to use the discount code SDW100 will get a $100 discount, and StoptheDrugWar.org will receive a $75 donation too. In the report, ArcView found that the legal marijuana market grew 74% from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion in 2014. That’s incredible growth driven almost entirely by the passing of new state-level marijuana laws. This is the definitive market report covering the economic side of this remarkable moment in history. So much happened in

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Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015
Learn How To Build Your Oregon Marijuana Brand At The Cannabis Creative Conference Tomorrow

The Oregon marijuana industry is crowded right now, and getting more and more crowded everyday. There have been a few articles recently published on that topic, and I know it’s a concern for many people that are already in the industry. With recreational marijuana coming online soon, I expect that trend to continue. But don’t despair, you can definitely carve out a spot in the fastest growing industry in Oregon. There are two big keys to success in my opinion, especially for dispensary owners, growers, concentrate makers, and edible companies. The first is having quality products – there’s simply no

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
See CannaGuard Security At The Cannabis Creative Conference This Week

Just about every marijuana based business needs some type of security. Businesses like dispensaries and warehouses need a lot of security. In Oregon, where entrepreneurs are scrambling to open storefronts and industrial gardens, there is a very large need for security. Not only is there a need for obvious security measures such as video cameras and sophisticated door locks, but there is also a huge need for cash transport and armed security guards. Unfortunately for most of the marijuana industry, banks will not open accounts for cannabis businesses. In the rare cases that they do open an account, once it

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
It's Official - Oregon Recreational Marijuana Sales Will Begin October 1st

Oregon approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. The possession, consumption, and cultivation provisions of the initiative became effective July 1st, although some counties suspended enforcement before that. The biggest remaining question since July 1st is ‘when will recreational marijuana sales begin in Oregon?’ Late last month the Oregon Legislature passed a bill that would allow limited recreational marijuana sales via existing medical marijuana dispensaries. That bill was signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown earlier today. Below is the summary of the bill: Allows medical marijuana dispensaries, beginning October 1, 2015, to sell limited marijuana retail product to persons at least 21

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
Attend The Women Grow Portland Chapter August Networking Event

Last month I attended my first ever Women Grow event. The event was held by the Portland, Oregon chapter of Women Grow, which is the fastest growing chapter for the organization in the entire country. The event was packed with entrepreneurs and the vibe at the event was nothing short of electric. I met people that own dispensaries, own edible companies, own branding companies, event planning companies, and several other types of businesses that are dedicated to cannabis. Never before had I attended an event in Oregon that provided such a fantastic networking opportunity. The next Portland Women Grow chapter

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